Manhole Cover Earrings were patterned using metal stamping tools and soldered into a our little gear edge, finished with a drop of wire wrapped luminous Grey Freshwater Pearls. Inspired by the ubiquitous metallic discs I found so appealing while growing up in the City. I found them comforting as I hoofed around the Island; like urban Mandalas, underfoot. My senior thesis explored Manhole Covers as Adornment at my college, Parsons School of Design.
These light domes will sit on the lobe, with Sterling Posts and large sterling backs, or dangle just below with Ear wires. They are approximately 7/8" long, with posts. A luminous, plump fresh water Pearl in the color of your choice will dangle approximately 1/4 " long.
Our Sterling pieces have a natural patina, and are hand-brush for a finish that accentuates the intricate details and imparts a satin sheen to the metal, exuding an understated elegance..
"We are small studio jewelers fabricating ideas in metal, from drawings, photos and sketches of observations of the world we are walking in. Sometimes, we will cast a treasure found in Nature directly in metal and incorporate that into our designs. Other times our experience of walking in nature or the city will inspire an idea that recalls the surroundings we explore. Studying details in our urban environment of NYC has been a lifelong pursuit. I am inspired by the shapes of manhole covers, drains, and basic metal hardware embedded in the city streets that punctuate the every day landscape with interest. This urban mandalas hold history, show signs of wear, symbolize the large scale and depth of the city streets and a very human made environment. Finding beauty in not so obvious places is intriguing to me. Adornments have been a lifelong passion, and studying Metalsmithing enabled me to realize my dream to create adornments in 3 dimensions." -- Teresa
All pieces will arrive in a pouch and a decorative gift box, along with our small info cards about the piece, for unique gift giving or safe keeping.
Each piece is signed and dated, where possible. Our mother-daughter studio, is located in the verdant Hudson Valley region of New York, a train ride away from Manhattan, where inspiration is abounding.